Island and Twin Lakes

Kyburz, California

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This hike is challenging because of its difficult, flower-lined trail, but its destination is well worth the effort. By continuing past Twin Lakes and ascending to a meltwater lake above it, hikers can escape the crowds and gain fantastic vistas of the Crystal Range, where sunset colors paint the sheer granite walls. Your ascent begins on granite at the edge of a buggy meadow, climbs through a lodgepole pine and white fir forest, follows ducks and blazes across open granite slopes, and crosses streams before ascending a final 200 feet to a pristine bivy site sheltered by a small copse of trees. While descending the 150 feet to Island Lake to regain the trail home past Boomerang Lake and Twin Lakes, you will learn everything there is to know about the lifestyle of marmots.
Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)

This hike is challenging because of its difficult, flower-lined trail, but its destination is well worth the effort. By continuing past Twin Lakes and ascending to a meltwater lake above it, hikers can escape the crowds and gain fantastic vistas of the Crystal Range, where sunset colors paint the sheer granite walls.

Your ascent begins on granite at the edge of a buggy meadow, climbs through a lodgepole pine and white fir forest, follows ducks and blazes across open granite slopes, and crosses streams before ascending a final 200 feet to a pristine bivy site sheltered by a small copse of trees. While descending the 150 feet to Island Lake to regain the trail home past Boomerang Lake and Twin Lakes, you will learn everything there is to know about the lifestyle of marmots.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kyburz
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5–6 hours (overnight)
Season: Depends on snow; permits required for day hiking and overnight camping.
Trailhead Elevation: 6,721 feet
Top Elevation: 8,300 feet
Local Contacts: US Forest Service, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 530-543-2674, tinyurl.com/taylorcreekvisitorcenter
Local Maps: Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Driving Directions: Directions to Island and Twin Lakes

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May 2018